BRCGS announced the first set of award winners at the first BRCGS Connect, which took place in Toronto from 15-16 June 2023. 

The awards recognise individuals and organisations who are committed to developing the BRCGS certification scheme and the wider food safety industry in the Americas markets. There are one set of awards for both BRCGS Connect 2023 conferences (Toronto and Austin) and the remaining winners will be announced at the Austin event, taking place in September 2023.


Award categories and winners

BRCGS Certification Body of the Year (Americas)
AIB International Certification Services


BRCGS Approved Training Partner and Consultant of the Year – Individual or Training Centre (Americas)
Andrew Clarke


BRCGS Auditor of the Year – Individual (Americas)
Rocio Nunez


Siarl Siviyer Dixon from AIB International Certification Services said: "We are very proud to be the recipient of the BRCGS Certification Body of the Year, Americas Award. We feel that it is a reflection of the commitment that our team has for customer service and the shared belief that everyone deserves safe, high-quality food"


Andrew Clarke said: "I’m delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award and very grateful to the BRCGS training team for their ongoing support.  The Loblaw team have really enjoyed the product safety courses, the ability to deliver the courses in-house to both the food and non-food teams enabled lots of discussion and interactions between the delegates makes the courses interactive and fun.   I’m also very proud of our BRCGS Professionals and the diligence they have shown in attending the courses, completing the assignments on top of their daily work and their level of engagement and commitment with the training program.  Looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of Loblaw BRCGS Professionals later in the year and excited to see the continued expansion of the QFR Loblaw Training and Education program across the business and to our vendor partners.”


Rocio Nunez said: "I feel very happy and honored for winning BRCGS Americas auditor award 2023. This means a lot to me. I feel very thankful to BRCGS team, certification body and the sites who allowed me to achieve this professional goal.

"I embraced the food safety auditor career in 2011 with passion, believing that we can make a difference while we are auditing at each site at every single audit. We are not only verifying compliance against the requirements of the standard, but we are also called to involve employees at all levels, from front-line workers to top managers. In this way, all employees can feel the importance of their tasks and their impact on their food safety management systems and make their systems stronger. Looking forward to keeping working, auditing, and growing to serve the Food Safety Industry and BRCGS community as better as possible.''

BRCGS Connect is a new event series designed to bring together industry professionals globally through a series of local events held in key locations around the world. The aim of these events are to connect locally with our partners, specifiers and manufacturing facilities to learn, network and share best practice in a familiar face-to-face environment.


Notes to Editors


At BRCGS, we champion the highest quality. Improving trust in supply chains, through rigorous application of our Standards, we deliver products and services with global relevance and industry expertise. BRCGS is the trusted validation that strengthens Brand, Reputation through Compliance.